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Pear Ambrosia is one of our most popular Fall teas. Since Autumn in Florida is often quite balmy, we often serve it iced, lightly sweetened with honey. Pair Ambrosia pairs beautifully with steel cut oats first thing in the morning or prosciutto and fig sandwiches in the afternoon.
Grown only in South Africa, Rooibos is a botanical rich in antioxidants, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Although it is brewed like tea, Rooibos does not actually contain any portion of the tea plant and is often mistakenly referred to as “red tea”. It’s naturally sweet with notes of honey and caramel and contains no caffeine. Rooibos is an Afrikaans word meaning “red bush”. Interestingly, the live bush is actually green. It is the drying and oxidation process that slowly turns the harvested leaves a deep red color.
South Africans have been drinking Rooibos for centuries, often with milk and sugar, but it is only recently that Rooibos has been consumed so vigorously outside of Africa. Rooibos is becoming increasingly popular in the United States due to its mild flavor and purported health benefits. Not only does it contain a high concentration of antioxidants, but several new scientific studies have linked Rooibos to the relief of allergy symptoms and to helping aid digestion.
Author Alexander McCall Smith’s beloved character Mma Precious Ramotswe, featured in his No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, is often described drinking bush tea. Bush tea is another name for Rooibos. The series takes place in Botswana where Rooibos has been popular for generations.
We recommend steeping Pear Ambrosia for 5 minutes at 208°. Because Rooibos does not contain any portion of the tea plant, it is less prone to bitterness and, therefore, difficult to over-steep.
Ingredients: Organic Fair-Trade Rooibos, organic apple bits, marigolds, flavors.